Monday, August 4, 2008

Pasing Down

What makes you, you?
Is it your genes? Your environment? Do you chose?
How much does what you are told about your forebears matter?
Is blood really thicker than water?

Passing Down is a project that explores the role of genetics and of family stories in making us what we are. Poet Helen Clare and artist Lynn Setterington are working together to find out what people think and feel about inheritance and their identity and embroidering their testimony into a piece of art. They are also taking to scientists who work in the field. The final art work will be launched as part of the Big Science Read.

They’d like as many people as possible to get involved, so if you are interested in making a contribution or finding out more take a look at the project blog at or e-mail

This project is run in collaboration with Manchester Literature Festival and Manchester Science Festival and is funded by Arts Council England.

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